Aldrich and Pollard Libraries provide learning environments rich with technology and information resources: desktop computers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, scanners, digital cameras, digital projectors, books, magazines, newspapers, electronic databases, videos and DVDs are all part of the varied collection of resources available to students and faculty.
In addition to individual workstations, Aldrich houses two teaching labs that are accessible to Middle and Upper School students and faculty. Pollard Library has a computer lab for Lower School students and faculty as well. Two additional state-of-the-art labs, including the state-of-the-art SmalLab, are used for classroom instruction and media arts, are located in other buildings on campus.
At Episcopal, we recognize that technology should serve as a means to further understanding. We use the latest advances in hardware and software to aid learning and instruction school-wide. As society continues to become more connected, we equip our students with the resources they need to control their digital footprint, create original content, and contribute to the advancement of human knowledge.
Students in Lower School receive integrated technology instruction in their daily schedules, delivered in the classroom and reinforced through library time. Keyboarding, word-processing, multimedia authoring, research skills, Internet safety, file management, visual literacy, basic troubleshooting, and coding are core skills integral to our PK3-5 curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with dedicated PCs and iPads.
In 2013 Episcopal piloted our first 1-1 iPad program in the 6th grade. Upon successful completion, the middle school has moved to a 1-1 iPad program grades 6-8. Students use various apps to create and submit classwork. Middle school teachers have all been trained in the use of the iPad in the classroom and continue to expand their knowledge of mobile devices as a resource for teaching.
In Upper School, technology integration is present in all academic disciplines. In 2015 Episcopal adopted an official BYOD (bring your own device) policy. Our students regularly use technology to create documentaries, write music, draw, interact with their teachers and peers, communicate with prospective colleges, research topics, understand other cultures. . . the list is endless. We stand ready to help students explore and discover the technology that best fits their learning pattern as they transition into college.